Authorities find vehicle in connection to fatal W. Ashley hit-and-run

Published: Dec. 8, 2013 at 6:42 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 9, 2013 at 11:45 PM EST
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office say they have found a vehicle that was involved in a hit-and-run early Sunday morning that killed a 22-year-old man.

Investigators with the sheriff's office found the suspect's car, a black Dodge Charger at the Middleton Cove Apartments, off Ashley River Road. Deputies say it had a car cover over it.

According to deputies, the driver has not been found.

The apartments aren't far from where the victim, 22-year-old Forrest Carlton was hit around 3 a.m. Sunday near Plainview Road.

Carlton died just after 1 p.m. Sunday at MUSC.

According to Stan Butkus, state director South Carolina Mentor, Carlton was receiving services from a center for adults and children with disabilities and special needs.

The organization released a statement Monday:

"All of us at MENTOR are terribly saddened by the death of a young man in our care, and we extend our condolences to his family and friends. For 30 years, we have provided high-quality, life-enhancing services to adults and children with disabilities and special needs. We care deeply about those we serve and strive every day to ensure their safety and well-being."

"We pledge our on-going cooperation to law enforcement as they investigate the circumstances surrounding this tragedy."

According to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office Selective Traffic Unit, Carlton was struck by a vehicle on Ashley River Road between Plainview and Parsonage Roads.

Deputies said around 3 a.m. a concerned citizen was traveling in the area when they saw a man lying on the right side of the road.

The caller said to the 911 operator, "He's lying on the side of the road. He's not talking. He's just breathing in and I don't know if he's been hit," the caller continued to say, "He's barely breathing, he's gasping for breath, he's not moving at all. He's gasping for breath."

Authorities said the suspect's vehicle left the scene without providing any aid to the victim or information.

Deputies are urging anyone with information about crime to call the Charleston County Sheriff's Office at 843-202-1700 or Crime Stopper 843-554-1111.

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